Songs for Christmas by Jesse Colin Young (CD, Sep-2002, Liquid 8)

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Album Features
Artist:Jesse Colin Young
Release Year:2002
Record Label:Liquid 8
Genre:Folk Rock, Rock & Pop

Track Listing
1. White Christmas
2. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
3. Away in a Manger
4. Santa Clause Is Coming to Town
5. Silent Night
6. Some Chrildren See Him
7. Bring a Torch Jeanette Isabella
8. O Come All Ye Faithful
9. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
10. What Child Is This?
11. O Little Town of Bethlehem
12. O Holy Night

Playing Time:44 min.
Producer:Jesse Colin Young
Recording Type:Studio
Recording Mode:Stereo
SPAR Code:n/a

Album Notes
Personnel: Jesse Colin Young (vocals, guitar, bass); Dylan Kai (guitar); Connie Young (violin, viola); Ursula Vietze (violin); Marsha Lydiard (cello); Betsy Curtis, Vito Truglio (background vocals).Personnel: Jesse Colin Young (vocals, guitar); Dylan Kai (guitar); Connie Young (violin, viola, strings); Ursula Vietze (violin, strings); Marsha Lydiard (cello, strings); Magic Strings (strings).Recording information: Epiphany (01/06/2002).Authors: Richard "Shiadi" Banks; Jesse Colin Young.Photographer: Connie Young.Arranger: Jesse Colin Young.On November 22, 2001, Jesse Colin Young celebrated his 60th birthday -- he turned 60 the same year that fellow folkies Bob Dylan and Joan Baez turned 60. At that point in his life, the veteran singer/songwriter had nothing left to prove -- had he retired in 1975 or 1980, Young would have left behind an impressive catalog. Nonetheless, it was nice to see Young continuing to record and perform in the early 2000s. This CD, which he recorded in early 2002, finds a 60-year-old Young putting his distinctive folk-rock spin on familiar Christmas songs -- not only American Christmas pop standards that were written during the 20th century, but also, traditional European carols that pre-date the American Christmas pop tradition. "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town" and "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" (which gets an especially bluesy makeover) are examples of American Christmas pop, whereas "Silent Night," "O Come All Ye Faithful," and the haunting "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" are among the European carols that Young performs. And whether a song has an American or European background, Young has a way of making all of the material sound personal -- whether the folk-rocker is turning his attention to Irving Berlin's "White Christmas" or "O Little Town of Bethlehem," there is never any doubt that Songs for Christmas is a Jesse Colin Young album. Young, in fact, is as distinctive and recognizable at 60 as he was at 30. Songs for Christmas falls short of essential, and isn't recommended to casual listeners who would be better off starting out with a best-of collection of his '60s and '70s output. Nonetheless, this is a solid, pleasing effort that Young's diehard fans will appreciate. ~ Alex Henderson

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